Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Ergonomic tips for the office chair

Studies show using ergonomic office furniture may help prevent musculoskeletal pain. However, if the right ergonomic chair is not purchased for the tasks at hand or if the furniture is not set up properly, its full benefits may not be seen. Investing in an ergonomically designed chair that supports the spine and minimizes back pain is only the first step to obtaining healthier work habits. 

To enjoy the full benefits of an ergonomic chair, an office worker may want to review several factors. The level of the desk, the height of the computer screen and one's posture all contribute to how effectively an ergonomic chair works. Highlighted below are several tips that may help employees make the most of his or her ergonomic furniture.

1.Evaluate the work area

Before investing in a new chair for the office, evaluate the workstation. Assess how much time will be spent behind the desk and what type of tasks its user will be completing before making a purchase. Different professions may required different chair heights. An architect, for example, may need to sit higher when completing drafting work.

2. Examine desk space

Before buying an ergonomic chair, an office manager may want to measure how much space is available between desktops and the floor. Making sure there is enough room for legs beneath the desk may help workers avoid cramps, bumping themselves and bad posture.

Once the chair arrives in the office, its owner may want to examine the work surface, paying particular attention to the position of arms, elbows and hands in relation to the desk's height as well as the computer screen's height. Adjusting the chair until it is the right angle for comfortably resting arms and typing on the keyboard may help a worker enjoy its full benefits.

3. Maintain good habits

Maintaining proper posture and healthy motions while using an ergonomic chair complements its benefits. Sitting all the way back in the chair with one's spine resting against the backrest may help reduce the risks of muscular tension. Keeping knees equal to or lower than the hips and both feet flat on the floor or on a footrest may also help. Center the computer monitor directly in front of the face at arm's length away. Keep elbows in a slightly open angle with wrists in a straight position. A wrist rest or keyboard tray may encourage comfort. 

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